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Synopsis for "Who Am I?"

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #410...

While trying to free John Jameson from the Carnage symbiote, Spider-Man soon finds himself possessed by the creature instead and is transformed into Spider-Carnage. Witnessing this transformation is Jessica Carradine, Ben Reilly's girlfriend, who tries to snap photos of this scene. Seeing her, Ben tries to control the symbiote's murderous impulses and free himself from its control. As he struggles to free himself, Jessica continues to snap photos ignoring the wall-crawler's warnings to get to safety. She insists on taking as many photos as possible as they prove that Spider-Man is just as much the killer her father claimed he was.[Continuity 1] Spider-Carnage then swats her camera away and tells Jessica to stay away before swinging away. The wall-crawler decides to go home and try to think of a way out of his current crisis.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker stands on a rooftop looking out on the city and thinks about how much his life has changed, and how it has affected his identity. Particularly the recent revelation that he was the clone of Peter Parker all along, the recent loss of his powers when he and Mary Jane moved out west.[1] His thoughts are interrupted when he is joined by his wife, Mary Jane who is concerned that her husband is standing so close to the edge of the roof.#[Continuity 2] Peter explains that he has had a lot of experience on rooftops, but has to be reminded again that he is a normal person now and that he has a family to think about, particularly their unborn child.[Continuity 3] She then tells Peter that Ben had just called and sounded upset and suggests that her husband go and check on him to see if Reilly is okay. Later, when Peter comes knocking at Ben's apartment, Ben struggles to fight off the symbiote's impulses to murder the man he has come to call a brother. It takes all of Ben's effort to will the symbiote to take on the form of his costume so he can answer the door.

The entire conversation has Ben on edge and he struggles to keep his emotions in check as Peter makes small talk. Peter then changes the subject to the mysterious skeleton that was recently discovered as it throws into question everything they were told.[Continuity 4] Peter tells Ben how he has been trying to get into contact with Seward Trainer, but Trainer has been avoiding him. When Peter suggests that they both go out and see Trainer, Ben refuses, explaining that he trusts Seward's work. Surprised by Ben's stand-offish behavior, Peter gets angry and decides to contact Trainer again on his own. With Peter gone, Ben collapses with exhaustion as the voice of the symbiote in his mind has grown louder. Unable to think, Ben changes back into Spider-Carnage and goes out web-slinging in an attempt to clear his mind. While at Ravencroft Institute, John Jameson has returned and tells Ashley Kafka about how the Carnage symbiote had escaped by bonding to him. Although he no doesn't remember what happened to it, he is determined to capture it. Checking on Cletus Kasady, the symbiote's former host, they discover that his health is slowly deteriorating and that he may die if the symbiote doesn't bond with him again.

Back in the city, Peter Parker walks the streets trying to convince himself he is being paranoid. However, with the discovery of this new skeleton, Seward's avoidance, and Ben's strange behavior, he can't help but think there is something suspicious going on. He is unaware that he is being stalked by Spider-Carnage, who is slowly giving into the symbiote's impulses to kill Peter. However, moments before he can strike, Ben Reilly regains control and leaps up to a building to try and fight off the urge. Meanwhile, unaware of his brush with death, Peter Parker arrives at the hospital where Seward Trainer has been staying.[Continuity 5] Unfortunately, Trainer had been discharged, and when Peter presses the administrators for more information, they refuse to provide more information due to doctor-patient confidentiality laws. However, when a security alert is made, the administrator is distracted long enough for Peter to look up the desired information on their computers. Seeing that Parker is still present, she tells him to get to safety as Carnage has been sighted outside the hospital. When Peter rushes up to the roof to see what's going on, he is shocked to discover that Ben has been possessed by the symbiote. Soon, a helicopter from Ravencroft arrives on the scene as John Jameson deploys his security forces to contain and capture the Carnage symbiote. By this point, the symbiote has taken full control of Spider-Man's body and easily incapacitates the soldiers. When Peter tries to stop Spider-Carnage from making the killing blow, he is knocked over the ledge of the building. Holding on for dear life, Peter is at the mercy of Spider-Carnage, but ultimately Ben reasserts control and helps Peter back up.

Peter then asks Ben why he didn't reveal that he was possessed by the symbiote when they were at his apartment earlier. Peter can even relate to his situation, but Ben's emotional state is so unbalanced that he refuses to listen and swings away.[Continuity 6] Despite the fact that he no longer has his powers, Peter Parker vows to free Ben from the influence of the symbiote no matter what.

... Web of Carnage concludes in The Spectacular Spider-Man #233.

Solicit Synopsis

"Web of Carnage"—Part 3 of 4. RUN FOR YOUR LIVES, HERE COMES SPIDER-CARNAGE! Spidey's melded with a sinister symbiote and only a hated enemy can stop him!' It's Spider-Carnage vs. Kaine— but which one's the good guy?! Continued in next month's SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #233!

Notes

Continuity Notes

Clone Saga Reading Order
Prelude
The Double
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Parker Legacy
Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
The Lost Years
Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #2 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3
Act One
Power and Responsibility
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Exile Returns
Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
Back From the Edge
Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395 The Spectacular Spider-Man #218 Amazing Spider-Man #396 The Spectacular Spider-Man #219
Web of Life
Web of Spider-Man #120 Spider-Man #54 Web of Spider-Man #121 Spider-Man #55
Web of Death
Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
Funeral for an Octopus
Spider-Man Unlimited #8 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #2 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #3
Smoke and Mirrors
Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
Players and Pawns
The Spectacular Spider-Man #222 Web of Spider-Man #123 Amazing Spider-Man #400
Aftershocks
Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
Mark of Kaine
Web of Spider-Man #124 Amazing Spider-Man #401 Spider-Man #58 The Spectacular Spider-Man #224 Spider-Man Unlimited #9
Crossfire
Web of Spider-Man #125 Amazing Spider-Man #402 Spider-Man #59 The Spectacular Spider-Man #225
The Trial of Peter Parker
Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
Planet of the Symbiotes
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
Act Two
Maximum Clonage
Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1 New Warriors #61 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1 Web of Spider-Man #127 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Spider-Man #61 The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Omega #1
Growing Pains
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
The Exiled
Web of Spider-Man #128 Amazing Spider-Man #405 Spider-Man #62 Spider-Man Unlimited #10
Time Bomb
The Spectacular Spider-Man #228 Web of Spider-Man #129
The Greatest Responsibility
Amazing Spider-Man #406 Spider-Man #63 The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1
Act Three
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1
Virtual Morality
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1 Web of Scarlet Spider #1 Amazing Scarlet Spider #1 Scarlet Spider #1 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1
Cyberwar
Web of Scarlet Spider #2 Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 Green Goblin #3 Scarlet Spider #2 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
Nightmare in Scarlet
Web of Scarlet Spider #3 New Warriors #67 Web of Scarlet Spider #4
The Sensational Spider-Man
Wizard Mini-Comic #3 Sensational Spider-Man #0 Amazing Spider-Man #407 Spider-Man #64 The Spectacular Spider-Man #230 Spider-Man Unlimited #11
The Final Adventure
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #2 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #3 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4
Act Four
Media Blizzard
Sensational Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man #408 Spider-Man #65
The Return of Kaine
The Spectacular Spider-Man #231 Sensational Spider-Man #2 Amazing Spider-Man #409 Spider-Man #66 The Spectacular Spider-Man #232
Web of Carnage
Sensational Spider-Man #3 Amazing Spider-Man #410 Spider-Man #67 The Spectacular Spider-Man #233
Blood Brothers
Sensational Spider-Man #4 Amazing Spider-Man #411 Spider-Man #68 The Spectacular Spider-Man #234 Sensational Spider-Man #5 Amazing Spider-Man #412
Redemption
Spider-Man: Redemption #1 Spider-Man: Redemption #2 Spider-Man: Redemption #3 Spider-Man: Redemption #4
Peter Parker Returns
Sensational Spider-Man #7 Amazing Spider-Man #414 Spider-Man #71 The Spectacular Spider-Man #237
Loose Ends
Amazing Spider-Man #415 Spider-Man #72 Sensational Spider-Man #8 The Spectacular Spider-Man #238 Sensational Spider-Man #9 Amazing Spider-Man #416 Spider-Man #73 The Spectacular Spider-Man #239 Sensational Spider-Man #10 Amazing Spider-Man #417 Spider-Man #74
Revelations
The Spectacular Spider-Man #240 Sensational Spider-Man #11 Amazing Spider-Man #418 Spider-Man #75 Spider-Man: Revelations #1 Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1
Web of Carnage
Sensational Spider-Man #3 Amazing Spider-Man #410 Spider-Man #67 The Spectacular Spider-Man #233
  1. As revealed in Sensational Spider-Man #3, Jessica's father is the same man who murdered Peter Parker's Uncle Ben in Amazing Fantasy #15. Jessica blames the wall-crawler for her father's death. However, the burglar suffered actually died of a heart attack in Amazing Spider-Man #200.
  2. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  3. Mary Jane announced that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  4. A skeleton wearing a Spider-Man costume was discovered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231. Spider-Man later stole this skeleton in Spectacular Spider-Man #3.
  5. Trainer had been in a hospital since Amazing Scarlet Spider #1.
  6. Peter can relate because at one time he too was bonded to a symbiote in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8. He eventually freed himself from this symbiosis in Amazing Spider-Man #258.

Publication Notes

  • This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for more info.[2]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Peter Parker was told he was a clone in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. This is later revealed to be a lie created by the Green Goblin as seen in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. Peter and Mary Jane's move to Portland, and the subsequent loss of Peter's powers were chronicled in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1-4. His powers will eventually return in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  2. This issue is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:



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